Intensivmedizin Schweizer Paraplegiker Zentrum

Intensive Care

Intensive Care at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre (SPC) treats complex and seriously ill patients using the very latest therapies and technologies. The Intensive Care facility at SPC is also recognised as a further education organisation by the Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Intensivmedizin (SGI) (Swiss Association for Intensive Care Medicine). The Intensive Care unit has eight beds, six acute ventilation spaces, and renal replacement therapy capability. Furthermore, as a centre of expertise for respiratory rehabilitation, it forms the core of the Swiss Weaning Centre.

What we offer

  • Patients with paraplegia and tetraplegia

    The SPC is one of the world’s leading centres for the lifelong support of patients with spinal cord injuries.


    Patients with neuromuscular diseases

    Care and treatment of patients with specific neuromuscular diseases (such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).


    Permanently ventilated patients

    Setting up home ventilation for patients who require permanent breathing assistance.



    Through decades of experience with the use of differentiated weaning concepts, ventilated patients can be weaned from the ventilator during the day or even altogether.


    Cannula management

    In addition to pure respiratory system management, communicative ability and swallowing function are of crucial importance to us.



    We best support our patients with limited ability to communicate through collaboration between teams responsible for care, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and medical treatment.

  • We offer various options for further training and development:

    •  The Intensive Care unit is used as a venue for a one-year further training course in Intensive Medicine (Cat. B) which is recognised by the FMH
    • The Intensive Care unit specialist nursing staff supports interns and HF trainees, and supports other areas of treatment with further training on respiratory therapy, resuscitation, continuous respiration, etc.

    We are represented at national and international conferences, delivering papers on intensive medicine and care, and on paraplegia.


You are very welcome to the SPC’s Intensive Care unit! Please take note of the following information when you visit your relatives. This will help to ensure that your visit runs smoothly and pleasantly for our patients.

We recommend that you choose one member of the family to act as our point of contact, to make it easier for us to communicate with you and vice versa. For medical information, please contact the appropriate doctor. The nursing team will be happy to help arrange for you to speak to the doctor.

Information for relatives and visitors

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